Monday, December 31, 2012

Coming out of my Christmas Coma & Advent Calendar 2012

 

The last time I posted, we were breaking out the Christmas decorations. My kids were reminding to jump into the fun of the season with both feet. I am just now coming up for air.

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This year, I updated our Advent Calendar with some new activities and decided to daily take and post pictures of our activities on instagram (@jamiebrewha), twitter (@hippypastorwife), and on my personal Facebook page. It was both an intention to hold myself accountable to fully doing all of the things I planned as well as sharing our celebration of the season with friends and family.

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Dec 1 - Make a Christmas countdown chain filled with things we are thankful for!

Dec 2 – Make bead snowflakes

Dec 3 – find some new Christmas music and listen to it!

Dec 4 – Go food shopping for the church food pantry

Dec. 5 – Learn about St. Nick in preparation for St. Nicholas Day

Dec. 6 – Look in your shoes!

Dec. 7 - Watch a Christmas movie with popcorn

Dec. 8 - Read the Christmas story from the Bible

Dec. 9 - Dessert First Night

Dec. 10 – Make Christmas Cards for homebound church members

Dec. 11 - Decorate the Christmas tree

Dec. 12 - Buy toys for children in need

Dec. 13 – Make and decorate with paper snowflakes

Dec. 14 - Send out Christmas cards

Dec. 15 – Take a Christmas train ride with Santa

Dec. 16 – Wrap toys for Angel Tree family

Dec. 17 - Make Christmas gifts/ornaments

Dec. 18 - Sing Chistmas songs to family (we sent videos to family near and far!)

Dec. 19 - Bake Christmas cookies

Dec. 20 – Take Christmas cookies to neighbors

Dec. 21 – Learn about and Celebrate the Winter Solstice – Take a candlelit bath

Dec. 22 - breakfast for dinner

Dec. 23 - Drive around to look at Christmas lights in pajamas

Dec. 24 - open one special present

Dec. 25 – It’s Christmas! Sing happy birthday to Jesus.

I’m a little exhausted just looking at the list and the pictures, but we had a blast. It meant things like Christmas shopping and meal preparations were pushed a little to the last minute, but it kept me grounded in my kids’ needs. Some days when things would get crazy the few hours we spent making Christmas ornaments or even the few minutes we spent wrapping toys really turned the tone of the day around.

We finished off Christmas with three days of cooking and entertaining, It was wonderful and chaotic. We’ve spent the past few days recovering, sledding, and gearing up for B’s 6th birthday tomorrow.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for reading, and I look forward to writing more in 2013!